Who does not love a chocolate chip cookie? Have you ever replaced the salt with sea salt? They are even more amazing. Warning: the batter is better too and we know you are not supposed to eat it, but it is irresistible. It was Saturday afternoon and I was in the mood to bake up a little cookie goodness for a trip out to the cabin for the night. What better choice than gooey chocolate chip cookies. I found my Mom’s stack of recipes and grabbed her tried and true Chocolate Cookie recipe, but I made a few changes.
Why is it that Mom’s recipes bring back good memories. So many recipes are old school and it is fun to update them a bit without changing them too much that they are no longer handed down generation to generation.
Some people want to make perfect looking cookies, others worry only about how they taste and others decorate them so you are not sure what is underneath. I go for cookies that taste best first, I like them to look good, and I love to display them in fun ways like this cute white, footed cake stand with bright orange and white paper, decorative plate or in little handmade boxes, one for each person. You can use your die cut machine to make all kinds of fun cookie boxes.
- 2 sticks softened unsalted butter (do not soften in microwave, it will change the cookies, not worth the chance)
- 3/4 c granulated sugar
- 3/4 c light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 t. real vanilla (Mexican Vanilla is the best)
- 2 c flour + a bit more if the dough is too sticky
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. sea salt
- 2 c chocolate chips (Semi-sweet seem to work the best)
- Heat Oven to 350-375 degrees depending on your oven, the pan you use and how soft you want the cookies
Tools – cookie sheet(s), cookie spoon, mixer, spatula, wooden spoon, cooling rack
Step 1: Grab your Kitchen Aid Mixer if you have one and drop in the softened butter and blend. If you are mixing with a hand mixer, similar steps you just have to use more hands. With the Kitchen Aid still going, add the different sugars, eggs one at a time, and Mexican vanilla. If you have not tried Mexican Vanilla, it is a must. Next time you are traveling over the border or have a friend heading that way, request a few bottles. The smell and the flavor are wonderful and people can tell the difference in your cookies. I just got back from Cancun and I brought back a bottle, and I will never go back to regular vanilla if I can help it.
Step 3: Remove bowl from the mixer and stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon. If you blend with the mixer, you will chop up the chocolate chips and it is just not the same.
Step 4: No need to spray the cookie sheets, shhh there is enough butter to go around. Grab your cookie spoon, if you don’t have one, they are awesome and help to make your cookies the same every time. If you are adding it to your shopping list, but don’t have one right now, use two spoons and create little dough piles on your cookie sheet far enough apart so they won’t run into each other.
Step 5: Bake for 10-12 minutes for soft, gooey cookies and a bit longer for well done cookies. Remove them from the oven and let them sit for just a minute. If they cannot be easily removed with a spatula they are probably not done. Place them on cooling rack. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until all the dough is gone.
Step 6: When completely cool, line up on a platter, plate or cake dish. Add a sheet of fun color cardstock paper like this Orange & White Dot Reverse from Canvas Corp, it looks great and it keeps the platter from getting dirty. You can cut it to size and add color to your dessert bar, dessert gift, or plate of cookies. You will find a huge selection of papers in a range of different colors, themes, and designs.
Mom’s recipe changed a bit, so this is the perfect time to jot down the new recipe for my little recipe book and I am going to share it with anyone at the cabin who just has to have it. There is nothing like a handwritten recipe. – blank recipe cards
Looks like someone had to take a taste before the final photo was taken. You can almost taste then in the photo.
So print out the recipe or handwrite it down on a recipe card and add to your recipe crate, book or journal. Add a little sea salt next time and your cookies will be a favorite.
Happy Cooking and Happy Creating!!!